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Andrew Neil highlights major error before Russian invasion of Ukraine

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On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a television announcement where he said he had “made the decision of a military operation”, despite weeks of intense diplomacy and threats of sanctions from western allies.

Within a few hours of Mr Putin’s speech, Russia’s defence ministry said it had neutralised Ukrainian military airbases and its air defence systems.

Explosions were heard across Ukraine overnight, with its foreign minister warning a “full-scale invasion” was underway.

Now, the former BBC presenter has called out those people who are “regurgitating Putin propaganda”.

He tweeted: “On this grim morning, stand up all those who assured us Russia would not invade Ukraine.

“Some just called it wrong (we’ve all done that).

“But others were regurgitating Putin propaganda and doing the Kremlin’s evil work.”

This week, the Russian President convened an unscheduled meeting with his security council in Moscow amid increasing tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

The meeting was to decide whether Russia would recognise two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as sovereign states.

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“For this, we will seek demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine, and also press for bringing to justice those who have committed numerous bloody crimes against peaceful civilians, including Russian citizens.”

Mr Putin also urged the Ukrainian military to “lay down arms at once and leave for home”.

He continued: “Those servicemen of the Ukrainian army who will meet this demand will be free to leave the zone of combat operations and return to their families.”

Mr Putin also warned against attempts at foreign intervention in the current development.

He warned: “Nobody should feel any doubts that a direct attack on Russia would end with the potential aggressor’s defeat and terrible consequences for the attacker.

“Whoever may try to create obstructions to us, let alone pose threats to our country and our people, they should know that Russia’s response will follow without delay and entail consequences that you have never encountered in your history.

“We are prepared for any march of events.

“All necessary decisions in this connection will be made. I hope that I will be heard.”

This week, the Russian President convened an unscheduled meeting with his security council in Moscow amid increasing tensions between Moscow and Kiev.

The meeting was to decide whether Russia would recognise two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as sovereign states.

In recognising the independence of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Russia has officially given up on the 2015 peace deals that recognise Ukraine’s sovereignty over the territory.

It also gives Russia a pretext to send troops to the separatist-held areas.



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